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Security risks are not just a matter for large companies.  Smaller companies can be easier targets as they do not have the resources or expertise in place to provide complete security.  cybersecurity-graphicAre you an SMB that doesn’t think this could happen or thinks about security but doesn’t know where to take the first steps?  Or for that matter, know what would be helpful for my business to stay protected and proactive?


You’re not alone.  There are thousands of companies out there struggling with these same questions.  This certainly resonates in an article from the Constance Gustke of The New York Times – No Business Too Small to Be Hacked,  In this article, you see that your peer companies are in the saNew-York-Times-Logome proverbial boat.  Don’t neglect security but find ways to make your life easier now so you don’t have to deal with a myriad number of issues later.  Another important aspect is ensuring employees are properly educated on security procedures.  This will provide a grassroots level vigilance for protection.

How do you put security measures in place especially when you don’t have the expertise to do so and feel that every time you ask someone in IT, they give a complicated and very expensive answer?  Are there “plug and play” solutions out there that you can rely on that won’t break the budget?  These are all important considerations.  From that, you will need to be proactive in setting up your baseline and find the tools that help make security easy.  It is essential to develop a proactive security plan for your company and then implement it.  This will involve monitoring of your network to ensure any vulnerabilities are assessed and corrected.

Andrew Hoyen is a Chief Administrative Officer at IGI which is a firm specializing in products and solutions for cybersecurity and vulnerability management.

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CNBC on Cybersecurity Threats

Great article written by Harriet Taylor from CNBC on Cybersecurity Threats.
We need to change cybersecurity mindsets in today’s world.  This is essential not only to understand, but to handle the increasing volume of cyber issues.  It’s not just firms that must understand this issue, it’s individuals as well.
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Intel Announces EOL for McAfee at CES 2016 Event

On January 4, 2016, Intel Corp. announced at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas it will phase out the McAfee brand name and replace and re-brand the line as Intel Security.  This announcement has been in the making for a while.  Back in August 2010, Intel agreed to buy McAfee for $7.7 billion in cash. At that time, it was agreed that McAfee would continue to operate as a wholly-owned subsidiary of Intel, with its employees working alongside Intel personnel.

This most recent announcement by Intel CEO Brian Krzanich underscores Intel’s commitment to stay in the security field.  The new branding – Intel Security will be used to identify all Intel security products and services. He also stated that the re-branding will take place immediately, but the transition of McAfee products to the Intel Security brand may take up to a year to complete.  Krzanich also indicated that McAfee clients will not be able to purchase additional McAfee products (as of 1/11/2016) and they will need to make a decision about switching to the Intel Security software or a competing product once their McAfee software expires.

Lastly, Krzanich stated that its security products will retain the familiar red shield, which according to Intel, represents “the core values of security and protection.” The company also said that the transition would happen “as new products are introduced,” which suggests that Intel could brand the next version of every McAfee product as Intel Security.  Intel has published a Product FAQ document about the McAfee Vulnerability Manager and Total Protection solutions.  In addition, there is a McAfee Software End-Of-Life webpage for more information.

Due to this announcement,  all McAfee users will be forced remove and re-install a new antivirus endpoint protection solution on their computers once their McAfee license expires.  This change will now allow business owners and IT Administrators an opportunity to evaluate other newer endpoint protection solutions.

One product that has benefiting from this announcement is Webroot SecureAnywhere Endpoint Protection.  Webroot SecureAnywhere is a next-generation cloud based anti-virus and malware product that protects Microsoft and Apple systems.  At the core of this product is a behavior monitoring technology which doesn’t rely on traditional signature files.  Due to this new technology, Webroot doesn’t slow down systems or conflict with installed application making it the best solution to protect against Zero-Day-Threats and Ransomware.  Webroot has been able to reduce their competitor’s average time to identify a Zero-Day-Threat from at least six hours to under seventy minutes.

Check out this YouTube video to learn more.

Here are several other stories regarding this announcement:

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